- a desert in N Africa, extending from the Atlantic to the Nile valley. About 3,500,000 sq. mi. (9,065,000 sq. km).
- any arid waste.
Examples from the Web for saharan
Mouha, our charming guide, is from the Ait Atta and was born in a black goat-hair tent in the Saharan dunes.On Foot in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco
January 22, 2014
Just such figures must swarm in the Saharan cities, in the Soudan and Senegal.In Morocco
What a truly Saharan group is that which I have just noticed.
His career in Saharan and Moroccan campaigns had already proved him to be a leader of no ordinary merit.Wounded and a Prisoner of War</p>
Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay
The fluctuations of Spanish seasons—varying from Noachian deluge to Saharan drought—necessarily react upon the habits of wildfowl.Unexplored Spain
In the Saharan Atlas the passes leading to or from the desert are numerous, and in most instances easy.
- a group of languages spoken in parts of Chad and adjacent countries, now generally regarded as forming a branch of the Nilo-Saharan family
- relating to or belonging to this group of languages
- of or relating to the Sahara
- a desert in N Africa, extending from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and from the Mediterranean to central Mali, Niger, Chad, and the Sudan: the largest desert in the world, occupying over a quarter of Africa; rises to over 3300 m (11 000 ft) in the central mountain system of the Ahaggar and Tibesti massifs; large reserves of iron ore, oil, and natural gas. Area: 9 100 000 sq km (3 500 000 sq miles). Average annual rainfall: less than 254 mm (10 in.). Highest recorded temperature: 58°C (136.4°F)
Word Origin and History for saharan
1610s, from Arabic çahra "desert" (plural çahara), according to Klein, noun use of fem. of the adjective asharu "yellowish red." Related: Saharan.
Desert in northern Africa.